HARDYSTON, NJ - The Sussex County YMCA will hold its 19th annual Golf Outing on May 19, 2021 at the award-winning Ballyowen Golf Club in Hamburg, NJ. Proceeds will support programs and services that the Y provides for children, families, adults and seniors in our community.

The golf outing will begin at 7:15 a.m. with a catered breakfast for all participants, and concludes with a cocktail reception in the pavilion, hor d’oeuvres, and awards presentation in the afternoon. 

This year’s Golf Outing is presented by Econo-Pak and sponsors include Ames Rubber Corporation, Blockchain Applied Technologies, Ed Muhlbeck, First Hope Bank, Franklin Sussex Auto Mall, McGuire Chevrolet, Newton Medical, Smith-McCracken & Wood Funeral Homes, Thorlabs, Inc., and Your Diet Guy.

Sponsorships start at $200 and can be purchased online or by calling Alma Dhuyvetter at 973-209-9622. Reservations to play golf or attend the reception are also accepted online.

“The Golf Outing has been a beloved tradition and successful fundraiser for the YMCA and we are thrilled to plan another terrific event this year. The Y has served as a critical lifeline in this community, especially this past year, in providing much-needed programming to support the health of both children and adults when it’s been needed most,” said Jim Downing, Chair of the 2021 Golf Outing. “We invite the community to join us for a fun day of golf in a beautiful setting - an event that will have an amazing impact on local lives.”

As COVID-19 swept through our area in 2020, the Sussex Y spent thousands of hours contacting members battling social isolation, connecting with our youth through virtual distance learning support and kindergarten readiness, and creating hundreds of hours of wellness content shared via social media. 

“As a nonprofit, we rely on the generosity of our members and donors to continue delivering programs that address critical health and wellness needs, and these needs are greater than ever,” said Corey Brown, Executive Director of the Sussex County Y. “As we prepare to continue our impact through this ‘new normal’ we need the support from this event to help fund programs offered to the community including Livestrong at the YMCA for cancer survivors, physician’s referral program and Safety Around Water.”

This year’s Golf Outing honoree is John Kweselait, a local developer and entrepreneur, whose contributions have helped to improve the Y and neighboring communities. Kweselait is also a member of this year’s Golf Outing committee. 

Among his recognitions, Kweselait is recipient of the Beautification Award from the Greater Newton Chamber of Commerce for his redevelopment of a historic building on Spring Street in Newton, and has also been awarded the Business Investment Award from the Sussex County Economic Development Program. He has been named Entrepreneur of the Year from the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce, and received the Hometown Heroes Congressional Certificate Recognition from U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer. 

Kweselait, who founded Custom Wood Furniture 30 years ago, has donated his work to the design of the Y’s lobby and its furnishings. 

“Ralph Waldo Emerson said, ‘Self-trust is the first secret of success.’ That is exactly what the Sussex County YMCA is building in our young people,” Kweselait said. “The YMCA is an empowering organization, and I am very grateful that they named me this year’s honoree. It has been a pleasure and an honor to enjoy and serve Sussex County for the past 50 years, as well as an honor to support them with the new addition on the Y’s building. I look forward to serving Sussex County and the YMCA for years to come.”

He has also donated huts for the local German Christmas Market, oversaw the construction of the Unity of Sussex County church’s new building and serves on their Board of Trustees, and also generously supported other local agencies such as DASI and Project Self-Sufficiency.

ABOUT THE Y

Established in 1885, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges invests in its diverse communities to promote wellness, safety and quality of life for children, adults and seniors. Its seven branches in East Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Hackensack, Hardyston, Stillwater and Wayne are committed to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility through an array of programs. Some 35,000 people belong to the Metro Y, which awards more than $2.8 million annually in direct and indirect financial assistance.